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Tell me about yourself. Seems like an easy question, but you should put some thought into this question before the interview. Find a way to make yourself stand out and unique. "I'm hard working." I'm responsible." I'm friendly." I'm a good student." "I'm loyal." Are not good.
Tell me about yourself (continued). Tell the interviewer who you are. What are your passions? What are your quarks? Why do your friends like you? Take these seriously and sincerely.
Why are you interested in our college? Hopefully, you already know why you are interested in the school. Your answer, however, should show that you have specific, admirable reasons for wanting to attend. Poor answers include: "Your college is prestigious."
Why are you interested in our college (continued)? "I'll make lots of money with a degree from your college." "All my friends are going to your college." "Your college is convenient and close to home." "My counselor told me to apply." "You're my safety school."
Why are you interested in our college (continued)? The interviewer will hope that you are interested in the college for reasons other than peer pressure or convenience. Schools want to be considered prestigious, but don't want to be known to be a good way to get money.
What can I tell you about our college? Your interviewer will always leave time for you to ask questions. Be prepared to have some that are thoughtful and specific in the particular college. Avoid questions that you should already know.
Who in your life most influenced you? May also ask, "Who is your hero?" "Who deserves the most credit for your success?" "Who is your role model?" Think twice before giving some of the following answers: Myself - Although you may be self-reliant, it can come across as self-absorbed or selfish
Who in your life most influenced you (continued)? Gandhi or Lincoln, God - Keep answers to human realm. Religion may come as some bias. Your answer should be from the heart and sincere. Bring the person to life; avoid vague generalities and give colorful, entertaining answers.
Why do you want to major in.... "What academic subject most interests you?" "What do you plan to study?" This question can be difficult if you aren't sure of what you want to do. Keep in mind, interviewers understand that many students are undecided on their career, or change majors.
Why do you want to major in....(continued) Do not answer as if you haven't thought about it. "I don't know what I want to do." Be honest, but create a positive impression.
What will you contribute to our campus community? The interviewer will ask: "Can you handle the work?" "Will you enrich the campus community?" Don't answer by commenting on your character. "I'm hard working." "I like to be challenged."
What will you contribute to our campus community (continued)? Your answer should be community oriented. Think in terms in what you will be doing outside the classroom.
Tell me about a challenge you overcame. There are a variety of "types" of challenges to use from. It does not have to be about life adversity or oppression. Try to stay away from anything too personal; don't make the interviewer uncomfortable.
Tell me about a challenge you overcame (continued). Some appropriate items: An academic challenge, a challenge at work, personal tragedy, personal goal, ethical dilemma.
What do you do for fun in your free time? Could also ask: "What do you do for fun?" "What do you do when you're not in school?" "What do you do on your weekends?" The most attractive students are those who are interested in a variety of things.
What do you do for fun in your free time (continued)? Best answers are passions out of the classroom and that you are well rounded. This will also help answer the question to help enrich your community.
What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now? "What do you want to do with your life?" "What are your goals?" "What is your dream job?" "What do you want to do with your college degree?" The interviewer wants to see if you thought about your future.
What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now (continued)? Your answer will show how college fits into your long-term planning.
Does your high school record accurately reflect your effort and ability? Provides an opportunity to explain a bad grade or a weak spot in your academic record. Interviewers realize you are more than just your grades and circumstances can affect your performances.
Does your high school record accurately reflect your effort and ability (continued)? However, you don't want to sound like a complainer or whiner, don't blame others. Take ownership of your grades and justify low grades if you truly have extenuating circumstances.
Recommend a good book to me. "What's the last thing you read?" "What's your favorite book and why?" "What types of books do you like to read?" The interviewer is trying to learn: Do you read for pleasure? Do you know how to talk about books?
Recommend a good book to me (continued). Don't recommend a book simply because it has historical or cultural significance. Avoid works that were obviously read assigned in class. Avoid juvenile fiction works chosen simply to impress. No predictable books you may have enjoyed.
If you could do one thing in high school differently, what would it be? Can be a tricky question; you don't want to draw attention to a really bad decision you may have made. Avoid answers related to: Your relationships, a class you hated, your problems with drugs or alcohol.
If you could do one thing in high school differently, what would it be (continued)? A strong answer does not express regret about the bad decision, but rather over not seizing all varieties available to you:You wish you had taken calculus instead of an easier math class.
If you could do one thing in high school differently, what would it be (continued)? You wish you had looked for a more challenging job than the local burger job. Personal answers can work as long as they assist.
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